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Policy Update - August 15

Selected News from the NSAC Weekly Roundup!

USDA NEWS 

New Local and Regional Food Data Available from USDA Market News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced that its free online Market News service will now include reports on local and regional food markets.  These reports, which are currently limited to a small number of states with more states expected to be added in the coming year, provide pricing and volume information to help producers tap into a growing $7 billion a year local and regional food market...

 

Run a CSA? Work with food hubs?  Have an on-farm market? USDA wants to hear from you!

Two recent announcements by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)  highlighted the agency’s progress in developing three new directories that will support local and regional food systems and updated data for the already established National Farmers Market Directory.  The announcements included steps AMS is taking to launch three new local food directories: the National Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Enterprise Directory, National Food Hub Directory, and National On-Farm Market Directory...

Potluck News

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Protect Workers from Pesticide Exposure
    Comment on the EPA’s proposed Worker Protection Standard changes before the deadline. Read more. >
  • Nominate Yourself for BFRDP's Review Panel
    Represent our region’s interests in this competitive process.  Read more. >
  • New England Food Policy Report
    Read the recently released report, a collaboration of NESAWG, American Farmland Trust and the Conservation Law Foundation. Read more. >

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Map of the Month: Factory Farms

Food & Water Watch created this interactive map to illustrate something that people in rural America have known for a long time: factory farms farms have grown in number, and these facilities are over- whelming some regions of the country, including parts of our region.

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